Addison Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Addison Street
Neighborhoods Middle Hill, Terrace Village
Origin of name Alexander Addison

Addison Street is named for Alexander Addison (1758–1807), lawyer of Washington County and representative at the Pennsylvania constitutional convention of 1790. In 1791, in the reorganized court system following the adoption of this constitution, Governor Thomas Mifflin (eponym of Mifflin Road) appointed him the first president judge of the Court of Common Pleas for the Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania, which at the time included Allegheny, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties. Prior to this, judges had been laymen, and Addison was therefore the first judge learned in the law to preside over Allegheny County. He was impeached and removed in 1803 and was succeeded by Samuel Roberts, eponym of Roberts Street.[1][2][3][4][5]


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